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Hidden Acres Nature Preserve


I went with a friend to Hidden Acres which is just around the corner from my house! I didn’t know this place existed!

So I have been experimenting with the free Nik Collection. When I see the demos I think how beautiful the pictures were. When I worked with it, it was another story that needed to be retold. The HDR isn’t as exciting as the one that I use on my phone (I will post those at a later time). I also have been trying to use techniques of Chris Tennant that he wrote about in Popular Photography a couple of years ago. Not happening…some of his techniques I used in these pictures, but the whole package wasn’t working for me. I’m sure he left out some secrets. 😉

These are a couple of images that were from the preserve that I’ve been playing with. What I do like about his technique is the clear reflection in the water.

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Hidden Acres Nature Preserve

Chattanooga


I visited Chattanooga this weekend for my son’s birthday. A break was long overdue for this family! The main sight was the TN Aquarium. There was a lot of walking on that day. It was a clean and friendly city, although there were random homeless people. I guess every city has them. My family was nice enough to let me take some pictures. ❤ There are a lot of photo opportunities here. It’s been over 10 years since Tim and I have been here and I wanted to share this with the birthday boy. I’m glad I did because this city has grown since my first trip. There was nothing in this area when I first came here. I was ready to leave after my first visit. I was also eye balling the abandoned areas of the city for photo opps, but I didn’t want to detain the family.

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